Arrest Made in Saudi Public Beheading … Of Man Who Filmed It

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 at 1:31 pm

Sure, this makes perfect sense. If you’re living in the seventh century.

The man who filmed a woman being publicly beheaded with a sword in Mecca has reportedly been arrested by Saudi Arabian police.

Brutal footage of Laila Bint Abdul Muttalib Basim’s death showed her being dragged through the street and held down by four police officers in Islam’s holiest city.

It took three blows to complete the execution, while she continued to protest her innocence, screaming “I did not kill. I did not kill”.

A policeman assigned to work on preparations had secretly filmed the execution on his mobile phone, Gulf News reported.

The man, who has not been named, will face unspecified charges in a military court as well as in a Sharia court.

His footage, which has since been removed by YouTube as part of its policy on “shocking and disgusting content”, provoked global outrage and prompted further criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

It executed 87 people last year, up from 78 in 2013, for crimes including rape, murder and drug trafficking, according to Human Rights Watch. So far in 2015, 11 people have been executed.

Basim, a Burmese woman who lived in Saudi Arabia, had been convicted of torturing and killing her husband’s seven-year-old daughter.

What kind of world are we living in where film-makers wind up in jail and have videos removed from YouTube. Oh, wait… 

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